In partnership with Enterprise Mobility Exchange, PowWow Mobile conducted a survey on the topic of enterprise applications, what challenges companies are facing as it relates to their modernizaton initiatives as well as their mobile enablement roadmap, and the importance of utilizing rapid mobile app development (RMAD) solutions for a quicker time to market.

The report entitled, App Road Map: The Enterprise’s Code-Free Future, unveils detailed survey results from IT professionals in industries spanning healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, utilities, consumer goods and retail, revealing that time, cost and lack of skilled resources remain the primary obstacles to mobilizing legacy systems.

“The results of this survey validate that while fragmentation is a problem, IT professionals recognize the need for a scalable solution to extend their legacy applications out to mobile users. With the use of low-code RMAD solutions, organizations have the opportunity to quickly, simply and cost-effectively leverage their existing investments in the systems they use every day to support their business, while managing their growing project backlogs, without needing an army of developers or specialized skillsets; and at the speed and economics that Line of Business expects.”

– Kristen H. Rachels, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, PowWow Mobile

Key report findings include:

Modernizing and mobilizing legacy systems is a priority. Over 30 percent of IT professionals cite modernizing legacy systems as their most important initiative for 2017. However, 21 percent cite challenges related to integrating multiple disparate systems.

Time & cost remain major inhibitors. Insufficient time, budget & lack of developers were cited equally (46 percent) as the primary challenges of respondents to deliver mobile apps to the workforce. 82 percent of enterprises reported an average of 6.5 months to design and deploy just one mobile app.

Growing backlogs are hindering the process. The number of workflows enterprises need to mobilize shows just how far behind many companies are lagging, with 87 percent of respondents indicating at least three processes need to be transformed. As a result, this backlog is leading to confusion on where to begin the app development process.

RMAD adoption is increasing. Rapid mobile app development (RMAD) is the next option of choice, just behind in-house development; with 33 percent of IT professionals reporting that they have considered low-to-no code solutions as a means to mobilize their workforce.

The ROI of mobile-enabling employees is significant. IT executives, while torn on where or how to begin the mobile transformation process, can’t deny the return found when mobile-enabling employees, with 72 percent believing an upwards of 30-percent in costs is being saved; and three out of four IT leaders believe their employees would save a minimum of one business day out of every two work weeks with mobile apps.

To download a copy of the full report, click here.